Nigel Farage has radically changed the image of the party. He has taken it from the Dad's Army outfit it was only a few short years ago and recruited younger members, more credible people (like UKIP's two Peers in the House of Lords) and more members from ethnic minority backgrounds. All are of course vital for the future of the party if it is to go on and elect MPs in the future.
Of course this marginalises the grey haired, Daily Mail-reading single issue brigade who have nothing better to do than spread bile against Farage and spout nasty anti-European bile (for the record, I am a proud European just as I am British and English). They are no longer the only people in the party. To some extent it is no longer their party. But UKIP, and the anti-EU cause, is much, much better for it. The majority of longstanding members the party totally welcome and recognise the fantastic work Farage has done. But for some, like Eric Edmond, Roger Knapman and Piers Merchant, it leaves a bad taste in their mouth. They are not fans of this new 21st century UKIP.
Edmond is the only one who blogs under his name. He wanted to be a UKIP MEP in the South West but thankfully achieved nothing. To look at the calibre of this man simply search one of his lengthy rants on YouTube. I wouldn't recommend it though. Nigel Farage he is not. A better way to understand the calibre of Edmond and other anti-Farage movers and shakers in the party is simply to look at Eric Edmond's MEP candidate campaign website.
I think it is safe to say that the average year 9 ICT student could come up with something more professional.
There have been rumours that some of the tiny, vocal number of anti-Nigel Farage people in the party are linked to the BNP. There is some evidence to suggest this, such as Buster Mottram's alliance proposal. It was reported that Mottram had the backing of several anti-Farage NEC members in the room, which may have in fact included Eric Edmond himself. Perhaps this is why the recording of the meeting that one particular moron took was never released. They would have been exposed.
Whatever their agenda, they have utterly failed. Nigel Farage led UKIP to its greatest ever result last month, beating the Liberal Democrats and Labout nationally in the European Election. These people are doomed to fail as Farage and his leadership team including popular Chairman and potential Farage-successor Paul Nuttall, have almost unanimous support across the party membership. UKIP's present and future really is a contrast with its past.
Thankfully most of those wanting UKIP to be backwards looking have given up and gone to form UK First, a minute rip-off outfit. Good luck to them. Without people like Farage running the show, they've got no chance.